By Ibrahim Umar Bello
I’m not a big fan of Maryam Booth but I think the abuse some people tweeting at the popular actress because of her new song/album “Destiny” is really uncalled for. I have read many of the tweets and some I can’t even remember but one of the worst reads “Uban wayace kiyi waka mara dadi, kece throwing gbagz, kece waka mara dadi! irin onto anoda level =))))))…”. The first girl who started it all added “Maryam Booth baki hadu ba at all mehn Lmaooooo..”. She has also claimed at some point that Maryam was now famous because of her tweets, a ridiculous assertion considering she joined twitter in 2012 and Maryam is popular among Kannywood followers since 2007.
You’ll recognize a healthy and constructive criticism when you see one, the tweets directed at maryam by some sadistic people on twitter are clearly not criticism but mere envy.
This is one of the problems with. Nigerians, envy is so prominent in our society we detest the sight of someone enjoying any kind of good whatsoever. Our attitude towards new talents is barbaric, our own celebrities are so highly resented. And it boils down to envy.
Those abusing Maryam may not admit it but this type of hysteria against her is borne out of envy and obsession to be like her. At least she has tried, there’s a huge gap between trying to make an effort and doing nothing.
Lots of the American stars you worship are so rotten, but with the black people anything white is good even if it isn’t. What’s wrong with a popular actress trying to make a living making music? Is she stopping anyone of you from doing your stuff? It all boils down to envy.
I didn’t listen to the song, it may be mediocre but there are many people who started with mediocrity and eventually excelled in their art with time. Just because Maryam brought a song you claim you don’t like doesn’t mean that many other people hate her song. Trying to gang up against a very successful human being in order to make her look bad is the worst of mediocrity. If we only encourage those we like in this world, then we are the biggest fools.
People started in little ways and ultimately ended big. When Kannywood movies started, people were laughing at the actors and the movie makers. Today, look at what that ideas has produced, wealthy and talented movie stars like Sani Musa Danja, Ali Nuhu, Jamila Umar, Nafisat Abdullahi and others. Look at the number of jobs it create and increased business opportunities for the Northerners.
Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote “envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comfort them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and greed until they believe these to be virtues….. Those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind and guts. Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to them”.
It’s amazing how some people would be so obsessed with attention and popularity that they resort to abusing others so that people can RT and LOL at their tweets. Seems sadistic to me.
As long as they’re muttering dark words of resentments about “Destiny” then Maryam Booth can be content she’s doing a fine job. As Wilde once said “the only thing worse than being talk about, is NOT being talked about”
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